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Cooking From the Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 1, 2007
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About the Author
hunger-related causes. The mother of four boys, she is the author of Cooking
from the Hip, and she recently launched the restaurants CCQ at Macy's in Costa
Mesa, California, and Kouzzina at Walt Disney World.
Top Customer Reviews
Here are the plusses and the minusses....
*Recipes are very easy to follow.
*Photos accompany most of the recipes.
*Recipes are easy to duplicate if a person's skill level is a bit over the "beginner level".
*Most of the recipes are easy to duplicate, such as:
~~Crepes, p.156 and 166
~~Glazed baby carrots and Dill, p. 219
~~Alma's Italian Cream Cake, p. 221
~~Endive & Honeydew & Pear Salad, p. 68
~~Asian Steak and Spinach, p.72
~~Thai Chicken Salad w/Cabbage, p. 83
~~Pasta w/ Roasted Peppers & Tomatoes,p. 88
~~Cherry Clafouti, p.97
~~Bruschetta with 3 toppings, P. 106-108
~~Classic Mojitos, P. 116
~~Chicken PotPie with Puff Pastry, p.140
The only reason I did not give this book FIVE Stars is because some (not all) of the recipes remind me of Giada's bizarre recipes from her latest book (such as Giada's Cranberry Raviolis) & that seem to have strange taste combinations, such as:
~~Rizolato (strange ingredients)
~~Shrimp and Scallop Coconut Seviche (raw fish combo)
~~Saffron Honey Roasted chicken (too sweet)
~~Over-the-Top Ahi Tuna Salad (once again, raw fish)
All in all though, I give this book 4 stars because MOST of the recipes are do-able and (for me at least) would not be hard to duplicate. Also, I like the introduction Cat gives to each Chapter, and also I liked the very handy STOCK & SAUCE recipes located at the very end.
Cora has plenty of picnic-friendly dishes,such as farfalle and herb salad with peas,a parmesan,proscuitto,and arugula sandwich,along with lemonade cookies,and Asian steak&spinach salad. It shows how she lives not far from the Wine Country in a Mediterranean climate. Cora spends an entire section on sushi,making the Zoran sushi recipe in honor of her son. She discusses hashes,using salmon hash as an example. Cora is also a fan of watermelon. In her previous cookbook,she had a creative watermelon/feta salad created by her partner Jennifer. In this book,she has watermelon gazpacho.
Finally,Cora makes creative variations on well-known recipes. Her lettuce "gyros" with spicy halibut are in lettuce leaves instead of pita bread. Her "fried" chicken has crushed cornflakes instead of the usual breading.
"Cooking from the Hip" shows that hips don't lie! Bon appetit!
The book is organized into four major parts: fast (for quick to make dishes), easy (recipes that are easy to make), fun (neat recipes that produce fun dishes), and phenomenal (special treats!). Finally, there is a section titled "Good to Know," which provides recipes for basic ingredients, such as chicken stock (both phenomenal and fast!) and other stocks, Aioli, Crème fraiches, balsamic reduction, roasted cherry tomatoes, and the like. Let's take a look at a few examples. . .
"Easy." Thai chicken salad with cabbage. The dressing is comprised of rice wine vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, Thai peanut sauce, sugar, and black sesame seeds. Chicken is grilled or poached or roasted. Meanwhile, slice cabbage, grate carrots. Slice scallions for garnish. Finally, shred the chicken and toss the chicken and veggies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was okay for me, I thought I was strictly ordering Paleo cookbook and there weren't enough recipes in there for my needs. It would have been great otherwise.Published 13 months ago by Barbara Murray
I LOVE the format! the recipes are wonderful, and I have no idea how she stays so skinny.Published on July 11, 2014 by Arvilla
THIS IS A GREAT COOKBOOK. AND EASY TO USE AND FOLLOW..
I GIVE IT A HIGH RECOMMEND, MYSELF.. 5 STARS
What can I say Cat Cora one of the Iron Chef. This is a great cook book to have. It has recipes I like to make.Published on October 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Anyone who watches the IRON CHEFS knows how marvelous CHEF CAT CORA is at cooking anything.
Having her cookbook to slurp over is a treat. No more need be said.
What a treasure...Cat Cora combines her culinary training, family cooking traditions and a healthy, nutritional approach to produce recipes the home cook can easily replicate to... Read morePublished on May 31, 2009 by Highland Foodie
My daughters and two of their friends used this book to create a very tasty meal for their parents tonight. Read morePublished on July 4, 2008 by Kevin M. Bell